The California World Language Project (CWLP) is a collaborative, statewide network that sponsors year-round professional development programs for World Language educators intended to strengthen the teaching of languages and cultures in California. The project aims to involve every language teacher in supportive professional learning communities that foster excellence in language teaching, deepen content knowledge and pedagogical skills, and provide leadership development opportunities. CWLP continuously advocates for the retention, expansion and articulation of World Language programs across all language levels, especially in the critical languages and cultures deemed to be essential for California students to contribute to and successfully interact in our linguistically and culturally diverse society.

The network, comprised of seven regional sites, offers professional development programs that support the teaching of language and cultures at every level by deepening language educators’ understanding of the guiding principles espoused in the World Language Content Standard, the California Common Core Literacy Standards for Technical Subject and the English Language Development Standards. Such programs include standards and framework-aligned institutes, seminars and professional development workshop series that are especially designed to support teachers to strengthen the overall communication skills of students while enhancing their understanding of other cultures. Assistance is also provided in the effective use of state-adopted instructional materials as well as culturally authentic resources with students.

This collaborative network is dedicated to providing the highest quality World Language instruction to all of California’s students, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners (as articulated through the Common Core State Standards), native speakers with low literacy skills, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. Headquartered at Stanford University, CWLP belongs to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Project, administered by the University of California, Office of the President.

Since 1985, The Occidental College World Language Project (OCWLP), with sites in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, has provided language educators with professional development programs that meet the needs of teachers throughout their careers. Programs focus on activities that reflect best practices grounded in the Common Core Standards21st Century Skills Map, and California’s World Language Content StandardsForeign Language FrameworkEnglish Language Development and CareerTechnical Education Standards. Programs are offered once a month, on Saturdays throughout the year.

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